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Neighbors: Senior event promises opportunity

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Sheriff’s TRIAD program, along with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield, will sponsor the Senior Services Health and Safety Expo on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Schuetzen Verein on Barton Cove in Gill. Our neighbor Ray Zukowski said the event promises to give our seniors and their families an opportunity to learn what resources and … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents: Share your stories

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hello, neighbor Many times in my travels throughout the county, I am stopped by other grandparents who have read about my grandsons Justin, Owen and Travis. They thank me for sharing my stories every now and then, and then they share some of their own with me. Over and over, I hear about how much they are enjoying themselves and I have to … 0

Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that war, but by the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans … 0

Erving eyes potential railroad crossing bill

Thursday, May 21, 2015

ERVING — A railroad crossing signal is giving drivers too much warning and Pan Am’s initial estimate to fix it, on the town dime, is $311,000. Pan Am Railways Chief Engineer of Communication and Signal Timothy Kunzler brought the estimate to the Board of Selectmen Thursday at a … 1

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured … 0

Erving may be on hook for railroad work

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

ERVING — Selectmen will hold a special meeting tonight in the wake of unwelcome news about a railroad crossing. William Bembury, chairman of the Erving Board of Selectmen, said the town received a letter last week from Pan Am Railways stating that the Federal Railroad Administration had cited … 0

Neighbors: Back in Franklin County

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m back! What a lovely week we had on the water and in Bermuda. The weather was perfect and we got to see a dolphin and a whale show on the way home. I learned early on in the trip that it really is a small … 0

State OKs Eversource’s lower summer rates

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The state has approved Eversource electric rates for the summer months. On July 1, the Basic Service supply price for all residential Eversource customers in western Massachusetts will drop by about 31 percent, from 14.228 cents for the cold weather months to 9.767 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using … 0

Erving residents needed to help shape mill’s future

Friday, May 8, 2015

ERVING — The town is forming a committee to study the future of the former International Paper Mill, with four of five seats open for residents. The fifth member is to be a representative from the town Planning Board. The Long-Term Feasibility Study Committee will review and oversee … 0

Erving OKs land buy, moderator raise

Thursday, May 7, 2015

ERVING — The gas station proposal was divisive as ever at Wednesday night’s annual town meeting, but a modest raise for the town moderator wasn’t. Voters awarded Moderator Richard Peabody an extra $18 per year, raising his annual stipend for running three to five town meetings a year … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0

Erving gas station measure stalls ... again

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

ERVING — Concern for the town’s drinking water killed zoning proposed to pave the way for a local businessman who wishes to build a gas station on his Route 2 property, inside a groundwater protection zone. The proposal … 0

Smith wins Erving selectman’s seat

Monday, May 4, 2015

ERVING — Monday’s election featured a race for outgoing Selectman Margaret Sullivan’s seat, with voters choosing Finance Committee Chairman Jacob Smith over former Fire Chief Almon “Bud” Meattey by a vote of 166-88. The candidates are neighbors, Meattey … 0